Wearables are no longer just for people, because more and more wearables for animals are appearing. How useful is that really?
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Dressing for animals: meaning and nonsense
A Fitbit for your cat or a Mi Band for your dog? It sounds a little strange, but more and more wearables for animals are being made. You not only keep track of the location of your beloved animal, but also, for example, how far the animal actually moves. There are also wearables for pigs and cows, and Polar makes wearables for horses.
Of course, companies do everything they can to sell products. With so many people already wearing wearables and loving their pets so much, the sum is being collected quickly: there is probably a market for wearables for animals. The question you as a consumer has to ask is: Do these devices really make sense?
Many wearable animal goods are manufactured for the professional market, specifically for livestock. For example, a wearable device for pigs that ensures that pigs do not crush their pigs to death by rolling on them. Or wearable devices that monitor the temperature of cows. These are certainly useful products for both animal welfare and production.
So the main question is whether your dog or cat would benefit from it. Most of these wearables focus on the location of the animal. This way you can be sure that if your pet runs away, you can always find them. Or maybe you’re just curious where your cat goes when you’re outside.
But especially for kittens, those cheaper trackers are a bit clumsy. The question, then, is whether or not your cat will just accept it and for how long will it be used. You can achieve the same with a Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag or Tile, by attaching it to a collar. These tags are often cheaper than trackers and a lot smaller. So you don’t need a special wearable animal for that.
Plus, there are wearable devices for pets that take it very seriously. They not only provide insight into the location of your furry companion, but also provide insight into the location of your furry companion, but also whether they are still healthy. Something that worries every owner. Costs at the vet can be high, so it’s best to get there early, right?
Brands like Whistle are jumping on it. The Whistle has a dog collar that tracks, among other things, whether a dog is scratching additionally, in order to detect infection or allergies. Or a dog licking more than might indicate pain. And whether the dog drinks, eats and sleeps enough.
Other wearables like the Fi add a social element like the Fitbit. You can compare your dog’s steps to those of other dogs of the same breed.
These trackers are not cheap and you need an additional subscription to track your pet’s location. So it is not just a spontaneous purchase.
What you need to be especially aware of is that many of the wearables you measure you can also monitor yourself. If you guys go out together, you’ll know how much the monster has moved. If you pay attention to how much water and food you put in, you will know how much the monster is eating and drinking. Things like excessive scratching and licking are also good for getting to know yourself.
Therefore, wearable devices are especially interesting for those who do not always interact with their animals, but sometimes care about their health. A wearable device can motivate you to be more active with your dog, which is only positive. But don’t be alarmed by every statistic that deviates, because sometimes the dog eats a little less and sometimes scratches a little more. They are just humans.
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